“Mean” Gene Okerlund, a World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Famer and famed interviewer, died Wednesday at the age of 76, the WWE announced.
WWE did not release a cause of death.
Okerlund was the most well-known professional wrestling interviewer, and perhaps the most iconic person in that role in sports. While he first became known in the American Wrestling Association, it was his role as the backstage interviewer in the World Wrestling Federation in the mid-1980s that grew his fame. His straight-man act as the interviewer while asking questions to over-the-top personalities such as Randy Savage, the Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan still resonate.